In 1984, for the first time in history, people drank more
soft drinks than water. During 1986 the average person
drank 42.2 gallons of soft drinks - 1.4 gallons more than
The sales of soft drinks increased from $1,857,
000,000 in 1960 to $9,426,000,000 in 1975, and the per
capita sugar consumption for soft drinks nearly doubled
during this same period from 11.3 pounds to 21.5 pounds.
A regular 12 ounce can of cola drink has about 150 calories
as well as caffeine, coloring, and other additives, but
practically no other nutrients are present. This 150 calories
represents 9 to 10 teaspoons of sugar, since there are about
4 grams (or 16 calories) of sugar in a level teaspoon.
Twenty one percent of our sugar intake now comes from
soft drinks. In 1930, 64 percent of the table sugar produced
in the United States was purchased by the consumer and 30
percent was used in prepared food.
These percentages have
been practically reversed so that in 1970 only 24 percent of the total production of 9,000,000 metric tons of sugar was used as table sugar and 65 percent was used by the food industry, about one third of this being used in beverages. As in most of the rest of the world, the largest source of carbohydrate in the United States is grain, with the average Americans share being
Most of this grain, however, goes to feed animals, and nearly all the nutrients in the grain that are removed during refining are also used as animal feed.
Remember that carbohydrates in themselves are not nutritionally bad or necessarily fattening. In fact, Americans
should increase the amount of carbohydrate in their diet and at the same time reduce the intake of fat. But the carbohyrate should be of the most nutritious kind, rather
than refined sugar and devitalized grain.
Several health problems have been linked with an excessive
intake of "empty calorie" carbohydrates. Probably the most
common and best publicized is obesity. Heart disease and diabetes have also been connected with excess sugar in the diet, although this connection has not yet been proven with certainty.In summary, here are some ways to improve the
use of carbohydrates in your diet.
1. Eat more whole grain bread and cereal.This will also add
vitamins , minerals and fiber to your diet.
2. Eat raw fruits as often as possible.
3. Cut down on all processed foods. Nearly 70 percent of
the sugar we consume is hidden in these foods.
4. Eliminate refined sugar and refined cereals as completely
5. Pay attention to food lables. Any word ending in -ose is
a form of sugar.
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